A question occurred to me recently that I had never considered before.
The Holy Spirit has always been active in the realm of men. First mentioned in Genesis 1:2, the Spirit has been involved, faithfully doing the will of God in whatever way He was needed (Genesis 1:26; Psalm 51:11, et al).
In addition, the Holy Spirit directed the Word of God to men so God’s will could be taught and obeyed (2 Peter 1:21). The Spirit has been active in various ways since before time began.
With that in mind, Jesus teaches the Apostles in John 14-16 that the Holy Spirit would come as a Comforter (John 14:16) and as a Teacher (John 14:26). Later, He hastens the arrival of the Church (Acts).
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7, cf. 14:16).
Considering the presence of the Holy Spirit throughout Scripture…
- How is it that the Spirit could not come until Jesus left?
- In what way had He not come, considering He had always been here working for God?
- Why had He left in the first place?
- In what way had He left?
Had the Spirit not been a Comforter and Teacher already in His role as a carrier of God’s will and word?
I find this an interesting thought question and I look forward to your answers.